Adam Kinzinger Says Donald Trump Is 'Losing It' after Latest Statement

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) has said Donald Trump is "losing it" after a recent statement issued by the former president.

The Quote

Sharing Trump's latest statement, Kinzinger wrote: "Oh my Lord. He is losing it."

Oh my Lord. He is losing it.

— Adam Kinzinger (@AdamKinzinger) March 5, 2021

Why it Matters

The thrust of Trump's statement was taking aim at Republican strategist Karl Rove, after he wrote an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal suggesting the former president's Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) speech was lacking. Rove suggested the speech had "no forward-looking agenda," instead branding it a "recitation of his greatest hits."

In his statement, Trump rallied against Rove and Republicans who have opposed him. He defended the reach of his CPAC speech and his own political influence.

Kinzinger was among a group of 10 Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives who voted to impeach Trump.

He has been critical of the former president and his allies in recent times—and faced a backlash for this position.

Following Trump's election defeat, the Republican Party has seen a split over how to move forward—with some angling to continue to embrace Trump and others calling for a move away from him.

Those who have broken with Trump have faced a backlash with censures from state parties and criticism from some Republican colleagues. Kinzinger has faced censures and even criticism from his own family.

Kinzinger previously said Trump is "desperate" to continue to appear to be leading the GOP. He has said the Republican Party should state that it is a "country-first party" and not a "Trump-first party."

The Counterpoint

While Kinzinger and some other Republicans are pushing away from Trump, polling shows he still has a large amount of support in the party.

Several lawmakers have stuck with him, with some allies suggesting he could run again in future.

Polls have also indicated he is the frontrunner for the Republican presidential candidate nomination in 2024 should he run for it.

While the piece Trump took issue with questioned his CPAC influence, he was still the leader in a straw poll there on who would be backed in a GOP presidential primary.

More than half of attendees, 55 percent, said they would vote for him in a 2024 Republican primary.

The president has hinted at the potential of a 2024 run, though not confirmed he will make one.

Some polling has shown support for Trump decreasing, but overall surveys continue to indicate he has a major influence and substantial backing within the party.

Newsweek has contacted Kinzinger's office and the office of the former president for comment.

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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) during a House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on September 16, 2020. He has continued to speak against former President Donald Trump after having voted to impeach him. Kevin Dietsch/Pool/AFP via Getty Images